A Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis FrithA Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis Frith

Important Notice Regarding Delivery:

We have been advised by Royal Mail & Parcelforce that their collection and delivery services will be disrupted by industrial action on the following dates: Friday 9th December 2022 so this may affect the delivery of some orders.

Nostalgic memories of Abbots Ripton's local history

Share your own memories of Abbots Ripton and read what others have said

For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

A couple at a laptop

Add a Memory!

It's easy to add your own memories and reconnect with your shared local history. Search for your favourite places and look for the 'Add Your Memory' buttons to begin

Add Your Memory for Abbots Ripton

Tips & Ideas

Not sure what to write? It's easy - just think of a place that brings back a memory for you and write about:

  • How the location features in your personal history?
  • The memories this place inspires for you?
  • Stories about the community, its history and people?
  • People who were particularly kind or influenced your time in the community.
  • Has it changed over the years?
  • How does it feel, seeing these places again, as they used to look?

This week's Places

Here are some of the places people are talking about in our Share Your Memories community this week:

...and hundreds more! Enjoy browsing more recent contributions now.

Subscribe

Join the thousands who receive our regular doses of warming nostalgia! Have our latest blog posts and archive news delivered directly to your inbox. Absolutely free. Unsubscribe anytime.

Oh what a school to be educated in. Academic chances and great sports facilities. I classed myself as an average student,and one who was successful in Football and Cricket, representing the school in both, and the county in football. Left school in 1956 to join Midland Bank Ltd. I was transferred around to various towns etc, eventually living in Worksop, Notts. From there I joined Bank of ...see more

My father and mother farmed at Heath Farm, Harold and Lucy Peacock, I remember the house and barns well, along with the pond that I used to catch newts in! Loved ice skating on the pond in front of the house also Guy Fawkes night, my Dad and helpers would have a huge bonfire and fireworks, one year something went wrong and he nearly lost his eyesight. My brother Richard is about 10yrs younger than I, but I ...see more

I was 5 and my dad was sent to Abbots Ripton to be the local policeman. We lived in the policehouse down Moat Lane next door to Mrs Bielby and I was friendly with Julie Stewart who had 4 sisters and 1 brother. We had great times climbing trees and going on picnics. We were also the first pupils in the new school!

My father, Gerald Blockley, originally from Derby, had just completed a degree in History from Unversity College, London and was appointed to teach at Bruce Grove School in Tottenham in 1939. He was evacuated with a lot of the children to Abbots Ripton in the autumn of 1939. He managed to find lodgings for all the children but none for himself, so the owner of the Manor House took pity on him ...see more

when a chap broke into Bernie the Butlers house, he stole a bycicle from Bernies and rode a short distance, then dumped the bike, when the Posse was after him. 4x4s were flying around the village getting people to check there sheds and outbuildings. The farm labourers were tracking him using walky talkys enabling the posse to catch him hidding in a storm drain very wet ...see more